West Haven Academy of Karate - New Braunfels


The West Haven Academy of Karate in New Braunfels, Texas ( WHAK-NB ) was opened in December of 1993, and moved it's current location, 3546 #1B Loop 337 in December 2012.  Currently, WHAK-NB has promoted 214 Dan members (1st Degree Black belts) since it's inception.  WHAK-NB has also promoted, 99 second Dans (2nd Degrees), 36 third Dans (3rd degrees), and 11 fourth Dan master instructors; Sa Bom Nim ("SBN") Brittny Wolda, SBN Lois Riley, SBN Debra Sparkman,SBN Paul Plough, SBN Larry Covin, SBN Therese Pasket, SBN Mickey Kelley, SBN Jacob Garcia, SBN Melanie Ferguson; one fifth Dan (5th degree) SBN Jackie Christian and two sixth Dans, (6th degree) Sa Bom Nim Hoke Nunan and Sa Bom Nim David Brandt a Major in the United States Air Force. In October 2013, distinguished Tang Soo Do Masters Sa Bom Nim Ben Johnson (5th degree) of Aim and Focus Karate in Austin and Sa Bom Nim Tripp Davis (4th Degree) of The Karate School - Atascocita and The Karate School Fall Creek in Humble, chose Master Riley as their instructor as they transition into the Mi Guk Kwan style thereby increasing the Texas Mi Guk Kwan Family.

The success that WHAK-NB has had can be directly related to the family atmosphere that fills the school throughout the 31 classes per week. The weekly schedule offers flexible class times as well as rank specific classes, which students can take advantage of everyday if they wish. WHAK-NB also offers special "Karat-A-Tot" classes for 4-5 year old students.

Two students from WHAK-NB have opened full time Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan schools. They are Sa Bom Nim Hoke Nunan who owns the Tang Soo Do Academy of Cedar Park, Texas and Kyo Sa Nim Melanie Ferguson, 3rd Dan who owns the WHAK-Greater Hays.

WHAK-NB also offers many special classes and clinics throughout the year which enhance the learning experience

About Sa Bom Nim Brett Riley

Sa Bom Nim ("Master") Riley is a native Texan, and a New Braunfels High School (NBHS) class of  '80 graduate and began his Tang Soo Do training over thirty years ago as a Cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is an eight time National Tang Soo Do sparring champion and a seven time National Tang Soo Do forms champion.

Master Riley is currently an appointed member to the Board of Directors of the Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan Association and is serving as it's Chairman. In 1995, he was appointed by Kwan Jhang Nim ("Grandmaster") Charles Ferraro as a Regional Examiner which covers Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas,  and Kansas. In 2005 he was named to the Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan Hall of Fame. In 2007, he was appointed as a member of the Regional Advisory Committee, by Kwan Jhang Nim Charles Ferraro

Prior to opening WHAK-NB, Sa Bom Nim ("Master") Riley worked as an assistant instructor at the West Haven Academy of Karate in Stamford, Connecticut under Sa Bom Nim Joe DeVita from 1988 through 1990. He then worked as the Program Director for the West Haven Academy of Karate in West Haven, Connecticut under Kwan Jhang Nim ("Grandmaster") Charles Ferraro from 1990 through 1993.

Master Riley has been married to Lois Riley, LCSW,  who is also a 4th Dan, Master Instructor and a registered Yoga instructor, for fourteen years. They have two sons Marcus (a 2nd Dan) who is 13, and Austin (a Cho Dan) who is 10 and a daughter McKenzie who is 17 years old and plays varsity girls basketball at NBHS.